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D-Day veteran died days after care-home bed fall

A D-DAY veteran who fractured his hip in a fall at a care home wasn’t treated until four days later, an inquest heard.

Harry Trimmings, 93, was eventually taken to hospital for a hip op but never recovered and died three weeks later.

The grandad (pictured) was found crouching between his bed and a chair by a carer on February 25 last year. However, a doctor was not called until March 1, a breach of home owner MHA’s policy.

Normandy hero: Mr Trimmings PICTURE: SWNS

An internal review — which led to five staff members leaving their posts — also found a pressure mat put under the dementia patient’s bed to alert staff in case he fell ‘was not connected’. Mr Trimmings, who had shown no signs of bruising and said he was not in pain immediately after the fall at Bradbury Grange, in Whitstable, Kent, died on March 20.

MHA’s Donna Eldridge told Canterbury coroner’s court there had been a ‘failure’ but said improvements had since been made at the home.

Assistant coroner James Dillon ruled the cause of death was pneumonia, with the hip fracture a contributing factor. He said MHA policies were ‘appropriate but sadly not followed on this occasion’.